Warning that winter is in trouble, 75 Olympic medalists and other winter sports athletes-including White House Champion of Change awardee and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones-sent a letter to President Obama April 9 urging him to take action on climate and clean energy.
Without a doubt, winter is in trouble, the letter states. At risk are the economies of tourist-dependent states where winter tourism generates $12.2 billion in revenue annually, supports 212,000 jobs and $7 billion in salaries. Those are the jobs and businesses owned by our friends and families, generators of billions in federal and state income.
The letter to the president references a December 2012 report published by Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council highlighting the economic impact of inconsistent winters on the U.S. snow sports community and tourism-dependent states.
Among those signing the letter was pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, who was honored April 11 at a White House ceremony along with other Champions of Change, in recognition of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.
Other representatives of the global snow sports community who signed the letter included:
- Olympic gold and silver medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA)
- Olympic silver medalist and four-time X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO)
- 10-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year Jeremy Jones (Truckee, CA)
- Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion, seven-time X Games champion Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT)
- Two-time Olympian and six-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland (Truckee, CA)
- Olympic gold & silver medalist, six-time X Games medalist, six-time World Cup champion Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT)
- 2010 Olympian, Nordic skier Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK)
- Five-time winner Powder Magazines Best Female Performer Ingrid Backstrom (Seattle, WA)
- Two-time World Freeskiing champion Chris Davenport (Aspen, CO)
- Two- time World Freeeskiing champion, Kit Deslauriers (Jackson, WY)
- 2013 World champion, X Games medalist Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO)